When search databases, keep these techniques in mind.
Start simple, using a phrase or a few words. Then narrow your search if you have too many results.
bebop and "African American" and style
Quotation marks search for an exact phrase.
"protest songs" finds results with that exact phrase.
Add more words when terms may be ambiguous or you want to narrow your search.
rent and musical
Use OR to find related terms.
Indigenous or folk
Use an asterisk * to find variant word endings. Be careful not to shorten your word too much, because this can bring back results that are not relevant.
music* finds music, musical, musicality, musicians, etc.
Example of Search Techniques:
Too Many Results? Narrow your search.
Too Few Results? Broaden your search.